We would love to read your pitches and submissions! We are always looking for new writers. If you are interested in contributing to Aftertastes, here are some guidelines to consider:
FOR THE ESSAYS:
- Essays should be no longer than 1200 words, and should recount a particular story.
- If you don’t cook, don’t worry! Cooking does not have to be a part of your essay. Food doesn’t even have to be the central focus of your piece, as long as it plays some part in your story.
- If you would like to write a piece about family, please note that we try to stay away from overly sentimental submissions, and encourage essays that take a unique angle or approach to family stories. As Amanda Hesser writes in the introduction to Eat, Memory: “No one wants to read an overwrought paean to grandma’s cornbread. But we might well be interested in why your grandma made it whenever she was lonely.”
- We feature a lot of first-person writing, but we are also looking for non-first-person writing as well. So if you’d like to write on a subject matter that isn’t personal, please pitch to us!
FOR THE RECIPES:
- Submissions should be no longer than 1000 words.
- Recipes are more experimental in form, and can have disjointed narratives and multiple stories. Please take a look at our Recipes section for examples.
- As with the essays, we would like to stay away from overly sentimental submissions.
- We are actively searching for photo essays and photographic contributions, as well as photographers available for the Kitchen Interview portraits. Please email email@example.com to let us know if you’re interested, or to pitch food-related photo essays.
FOR SHORTER PIECES:
- We will soon be launching a new section with short-form pieces (300-500 words). Some of these pieces will pertain to a theme, and be presented as a compilation. Our first themes are: (a) eating habits, (b) stories from shuttered restaurants, (c) acquired tastes, (d) foods from childhood. If any of these inspire you to write a 1-2 paragraph story, please send us your pitch.
- Please submit your pitch or submission via email in a .doc file, Google Document, or in the body of an email. We edit with tracked changes in Word or suggestions in Google Docs.
- Please note that, while we answer all of our email, we are constantly reading and editing through submissions and are often a bit behind.